This week’s On the Radio segment covers wind energy in Iowa, and the incentives that are soon to expire. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
Wind energy is on the rise in Iowa and providing huge environmental benefits for the state, but wind tax credits are set to expire soon.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
The federal production tax credit returns 2.3 cents per kilowatt -hour to participating utilities.
Wind energy produced in Iowa avoids more than 8.4 million metric tons of climate-altering pollution – the equivalent of taking 1.7 million cars off the road.
It also avoids almost 8 thousand tons of smog-causing nitrogen oxides and nearly 10 thousand tons of sulfur dioxide, which cause acid rain and soot.
Iowa gets almost a quarter of its electricity from wind energy, and with a continuation of the incentives, Iowa could nearly double its wind production in the net five years, with wind generating half of all electricity in the state by 2018.
Thanks to its current and future benefits, wind power is a key component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution by 17 percent in 2020.
To learn more about wind energy, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.